The words Stephen Harper and AIDS have appeared together in many situations, but never quite like this.
At a busy intersection in Toronto stands a two-metre tall sculpture created from the letters that spell AIDS, the four letters compressed into two rows within a perfect square. An angry would-be artist scrawled "Stephen Harper you shame us!!" on the base of the statue.
The Prime Minister has been criticized for not attending the International AIDS Conference in Toronto.
The artist who helped create the sculpture isn't concerned at all that people are drawing on his work — he is actually encouraging people to add their own message.
"It's a site for dialogue; it's intended to be written on. It's like a public blackboard," said AA Bronson, one of the Canadian artists who created the piece in 1989.
The comments written on the sculpture usually mirror the issues at the moment, but they are generally AIDS-related, Bronson said. This is the first time a message has been directed at a specific political figure, he said.
"There has never been something so pointed before. It's always been much more general," Bronson said.
From the outrage directed at Mr. Harper for not making at least a cameo walk-on, you'd think that he'd been boiling up fresh superstrong airborne AIDS virus in his secret underground lair to unleash on the unsuspecting citizens of Toronto as his greatest evil revenge yet!!! BWAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHA!
Yet if he had shown up, he would not have been thanked for coming, but made another target of gratuitous abuse and undeserved blame for the spread of AIDS.
So why give these people the satisfaction?
Let them rant on about this non-issue while the grownups actually deal with the real problems surrounding AIDS.
Source: Toronto Star